Biddy Connor has composed, arranged and performed for a diverse range of projects including film, television, theatre, large-scale community events and installations.
She plays viola, musical saw, piano and sings. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musicians Award.
She has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Vocalist: Improvisation Stream Victorian College of the Arts, 1995) and a Masters of Screen Composition (AFTRS 2005).
Biddy is the creative director of The Letter String Quartet.
Some career highlights include:
- Performing with Spiritualized & the AAO at the 2017 Supersense Festival at Hamer Hall.
- Performing in John Cale's band at the 2015 Supersense Festival at Hamer Hall.
- Touring Australia in November and December 2012 as a violist and vocalist in Missy Higgins’ band.
- Playing Musical Saw live for Tim Finn on Rockwiz.
- Working with Sailor Days, Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe (The Drones) on a co-composed score for ABC documentary, ‘Utopia Girls’
- Playing with Magic Silver White, Kes Band, Disaster Plan, Laura Jean Band, Tim Finn and Jherek Bischoff among others
- Recording with Laura Jean, Ross McLennan, Pony Face, Ned Collette, Architecture in Helsinki, Blue King Brown and Jen Cloher among many others.
- Studying for three weeks in May 2012 with American composer Paul Dresher as an Associate Artist in residence at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida.
- Spending three days in January 2012 performing improvised duets with Graeme Leak’s melting ice sound sculpture at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of Graeme’s Sound Explorers exhibition.
- Releasing an album under the moniker Sailor Days in 2011, funded by Victoria Rocks, an initiative of Arts Victoria.
- Being commissioned by the City of Yarra to arrange a medley of Australian Rules Football songs in seven different languages for choir, brass quartet and rhythm section. The premier of the medley was performed at the 2011 re-opening of Victoria Park as a community space, formerly home to Collingwood Football Club.
- Performing at the 2011 32nd Stage Songs Festival in Wroclaw, Poland with Sydney performer Mrs Bang (Sheridan Harbridge).
- Being nominated for an award at the 2005 APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards in the category of Best Music for a Documentary for her work on the film ‘Switch on the Night’.
- Receiving a Gold Medal for Excellence for her work on the short film ‘Danya’ and a Silver Medal for Excellence - Audience Choice for Best Impact of Music in an Animated Short Film for ‘The First Thing I Remember’ at the 2006 Park City Film Music Festival, USA.
- Been awarded an Australia Council funded scholarship to a residency in the Joshua Tree Desert, California in January 2014 to collaborate with visual artist Megan Evans.